… nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until the day. 2 Timothy 1:12
Frances Ridley Havergal and Frances Crosby never met, but they became dear pen pals across the Atlantic, and the two most famous female hymnists of their time. Havergal wrote a poem about her friend Crosby: Sweet, blind singer over the sea, Tuneful and jubilant! How can it be, that the songs of gladness, which float so far, as if they fell from the evening tar are the notes of one who may never see ‘Visible music’ of flower and tree … Oh, her heart can see, her heart can see! And its sight is strong and swift and free …
Phoebe Knapp was another dear friend of Crosby. While Frances lived in the Manhattan slums and worked in rescue missions, Phoebe lived and entertained in the Knapp Mansion. She was an elegant dresser and her music room contained one of the finest collections of instruments in the country.
One day in 1873, while Crosby was staying at the Knapp Mansion, Phoebe went to the music room and played a new composition on the piano while the blind hymnist listened. She clapped her hands and exclaimed, “Why, that says ‘Blessed Assurance!’” She quickly composed the words, and a great hymn was born.
Many years later, D. L. Moody was preaching in New York at the Dutch Reformed Church. This service was so crowded she couldn’t find anywhere to sit. Moody’s son offered to find her a seat. To her bewilderment, he led her onto the platform just as the crowd was singing ‘Blessed Assurance’. Moody, Sr. jumped to his feet, interrupting the singing, and shouted “Praise the Lord! Here comes the authoress!”
Frances took her seat amid thunderous ovation, humble thanking God for the making her a blessing to so many. What a beautiful story indeed.
To listen to Blessed Assurance click here: http://youtu.be/MtbN5N8I8Hk